Nyrstar said it was placing its Budel zinc smelter in the Netherlands on care and maintenance from September 1, 2022, until further notice, as a response to various external factors impacting the business. The company said the situation will remain under review.

Located near Budel-Dorplein, Budel’s nameplate capacity is 315,000 metric tons per year of zinc, but the smelter has been operating at reduced capacity since Q4 2021. Nyrstar said its operations at Balen, Belgium, and Auby, France, will continue at the curtailed production levels announced last year with actively-managed operational capacity.

No redundancies are planned as a result of the care and maintenance. Employee duties will be redirected to focus on maintenance, training and other essential activities.

Nyrstar is an international zinc and lead producer with mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. It employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide. Its corporate office is based in Budel-Dorplein, the Netherlands.